If the Shoe Fits…
When you shop for shoes online, there is really no way to know if the shoes will fit until they arrive and you try them on. What do you do when your new shoes are delivered and they are too tight? What if they are too big? Do you deal with it and just wear them? Returning the shoes and ordering the right size might be the better solution in the long run, but no one wants to put up with the hassle.
Here’s another situation: you’ve been training for months for a half-marathon. Before the race begins, you lace up your shoes extra tight to eliminate any need to worry about your laces coming undone during the race. No problem, right? Maybe not.
Improper Shoe Fit Leads to Complications
In both scenarios, and many others like them, you are putting your feet and ankles at risk. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, wearing your shoes too tightly may cause your feet and ankles to develop several medical problems. The Dallas foot doctors at Metroplex Foot and Ankle can help treat the following issues that stem from wearing your shoes too tightly:
- Ingrown Toenails
- Crossover toes
- And more
Signs Your Shoes are Too Tight
- If you’re wearing shoes from college or high school and are past your late twenties, there is a chance they no longer properly fit. As humans age, our arches fall and our feet widen. It may be time to move on to a new shoe.
- This may seem obvious, but if your feet are in pain and you cannot determine why, look to your shoes. Are your arches supported? Are your shoes rubbing against your skin? Are your shoes forcing your muscles to tighten? If you answered yes to these questions, your shoes are too tight.
- If your feet continue to hurt after you’ve taken your shoes off, that could be a result of wearing your shoes too tightly.
Foot Pain? Contact Your Dallas Foot Doctors
If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, it may be time to take a look at your shoes. Are they too small? Are you lacing your shoes too tightly? Contact your Dallas foot doctors at Metroplex Foot and Ankle today if your foot and ankle pain persists after making these changes. We are here to help.